How false news can spread by Noah Tavlin
In previous decades, most news with global reach came from several major newspapers and networks with the resources to gather information directly. The speed with which information spreads now, however, has created the ideal conditions for something called circular reporting. Noah Tavlin sheds light on this phenomenon.
Can you answer these questions?
1. What makes circular reporting ‘circular’?
2.Which of the following has NOT directly contributed to an increase of circular reporting?
3.Why might the anti-vaccer movement be considered a product of circular reporting?
4.Before the 20th century, because it took longer to publish writing, it was more accurate.
5.Which of the following is NOT an example of circular reporting?
6.What are some ways you can avoid falling for false information, and avoid contributing to the cycle of circular reporting?
7.What makes circularly reported facts so difficult to correct?
8.Circular reporting isn’t limited to large-scale media and news. How does circular reporting apply to rumors and gossip?
Does everyone who publishes any writing—even if it’s on their personal blog—have a responsibility to cite their sources and be factually accurate? Or does this responsibility only apply to professional writers published by well-known publications and websites? Why or why not?